Real Madrid triumphed over cross-town rival Atletico Madrid to win the 2020 Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia. In what has become a regular occurrence, finals between the two clubs, the pattern of matches being locked at a stalemate for 90 minutes also continued. It would take q penalty shoot-out to ultimately decide the winner – with Madrid being near perfect from the spot. Thibaut Courtois demonstrated once again what a quality goalkeeper he is both in the shootout and in the match overall. Full match ratings below:
Thibaut Courtois—9.5: Absolutely brilliant display from the Belgian who has continued on his rich vein of form. He made crucial saves to prevent what would have been clear goals from Morata and Vitolo. Came up big in the penalty shoot-out, getting a hand to Thomas Partey’s spotkick.
9 - Thibaut Courtois has saved nine of the 11 shots on target he has faced in the 2020 Supercopa, including one in the penalty shoot-out. Hero. pic.twitter.com/as2kDDaTBh— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 12, 2020
Dani Carvajal—7: Had the most touches (153) and passes (115) of everyone on the pitch. Was economical with his decisions, but formed a nice partnership with Valverde and Modric down the right flank. Solid defensively – limited the opportunities of Saul, Vitolo, and Joao Felix.
Raphael Varane—7.5: Another strong outing for the Frenchman, he subtly puts in a good shift match after match.
Sergio Ramos—8: Put away the winning spot kick and had team high of 7 clearances. Was composed under the pressure of Morata and had a good battle with the former caterano all evening.
Ferland Mendy—6.5: The Frenchman still exhibits nervy moments when on the ball, but defensively was impressive. Despite his offensive shortcomings, still managed 4 completed dribbles and 2 key passes, oftentimes being the lone man on the left wing.
Casemiro—7: One of the most consistent performers this season – Casemiro fulfilled his role well in the final. Produced 4 tackles and 4 interceptions, both team highs.
Luka Modric—8.5: Another good showing from Luka Modric in the 2020 Spanish Super Cup. At 34-years-old he put in quite the shift over 120 minutes: 5 key passes (joint team high), 5 completed dribbles (team high), 5 shots (team high), and was fouled 4 times (joint team high).
Toni Kroos—7.5: Madrid’s metronome, once again efficient and composed in his passing.
Fede Valverde—9: Everyone get on board the Fede Valverde hype train – this kid is the real deal. A true box to box menace. Sacrificed himself in order to give Madrid a chance to win the match by making a last ditch tackle on Alvaro Morata and was immediately shown a red card.
Federico Valverde vs Atletico— FootballTalentScout - Jacek Kulig (@FTalentScout) January 12, 2020
91% pass accuracy
1 key pass
8 dribbles won
1 tackle won
1 aerial won
9/15 duels won
Red card & filthy foul - yes, but he just had to do that.
Another very good performance overall. Zinedine Zidane is creating a monster. ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/OXOmUFTRy2
Isco—6: The effort was there from Isco and he was one of the few players in the first half willing to take his man on through the dribble, but it simply didn’t come off for him like it had against Valencia. Much like Gareth Bale, Isco continues to be consistency inconsistent.
Luka Jovic—7: The Serbian’s 2nd half produced some of his best moments in a Real Madrid shirt. Was unlucky not to score a goal after working his way past two Atletico defenders and glancing his shot just wide. Produced a hulk like solo-run where he fended off both Giminez and Felipe, before ultimately running out of space. Encouraging signs.
Rodrygo—6.5: Came into the match and brought a lot of what Real Madrid was lacking – width and the ability to take a man on 1 v 1 while in possession of the ball. Was lively and fearless. Faded out of the game a bit in extra-time, but scored a world class penalty kick during the shoot-out.
Mariano—6: Nearly won it all for Madrid in the dying moments of the second half. As always was a willing runner, but his first touch was a bit heavy.
Vinicius JR—5.5: Little to note from VJ performance – only had 15 touches.